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National Transport Hackathon Colombia 2018

Bogotá D.C, 26 de september 2018 The open data initiative of the Ministry of Information and Communications Technologies, accompanied the teams of 3rd Y4PT National Tansport Hackathon Colombia 2018, which is developed globally and in Colombia was carried out in cities such as Armenia, Barrancabermeja, Calí, Bogota, among others. This space sought the participation and collaboration of citizens to contribute to the solutions of the major challenges related to transport, such as road safety, active mobility and shared mobility using information and communication technologies. These indicators are aligned with the United Nations SDGs. Thus, the Open Data team, headed by the leader of the initiative Luisa Fernanda Medina, gave talks on tools for the development of the products presented in the framework of the event. Additionally, the team provided accompaniment to the participants.   Participating cities: Armenia Barrancabermeja Barranquilla Bogotá Bucaramanga Cali Cartagena Cúcuta Ibagué Medellín Neiva Santa Marta Tunja Yopal   Awards: Next Tuesday, October 2, we will meet the national winning team and a representative will travel, all-inclusive, to Sweden (Scandinavia, Europe) to participate in the 3rd Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon Stockholm 2019, the oldest, largest sustainable mobility event and important in the world. Additionally, the winning project will initiate a startup creation process for its incubation and / or acceleration granted by the Inter-American Development Bank. For more information go to:
image Civil society and Latin American governments learned about Colombia's open data initiative

Civil society and Latin American governments learned about Colombia's open data initiative

Bogotá D.C. 12 de octubre 2018 In the framework of the International Open Data Conference -IODC-, the open data policy of the country and its impact on the agricultural sector was presented. The Director of Digital Government of the Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications, Carlos Eduardo Rozo, participated in two activities of the IODC agenda, the most important international open data conference in the world, which is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and where the policies and good practices in this matter are exposed. In the Open Data + Agriculture panel, Rozo exposed the sectoral strategy of data exploitation, which is focused on collaboration between public entities for the opening of strategic information, field planning, food security and decision making through of the empowerment of farmers. Regarding the last point, he highlighted that the data portal of Colombia ( has more than 600 open data sets that seek to improve the quality of life of producers and that is useful to analyze what to plant, where and when to do it. The second panel in which the Director of Digital Government participated was Implemented open policies, in which he shared the open data initiative and the regulatory framework of Colombia. "The quality of the information has allowed entrepreneurs, journalists, students, and civil society to make the best use of it. This is how up to now we have identified 120 solutions made from open data, which generate business opportunities and are an alternative to the problems that most afflict citizens, "said Rozo. Other leaders of the continent intervened in this space, such as Jaimie Boyd of Canada; Natalia Sampietro, from Argentina; and Gustavo Suárez, from Uruguay. For the closing of the day -28 September-, the Organization of American States will share the commitments acquired in the Open Data in Latin America & Caribbean panel. Reference: